Admiral (Royal Navy)|Vice Admiral of the Blue
'''William Bligh,''' Royal Society|FRS
, Royal Navy|RN
(9 September 1754 – 7 December 1817) was an officer of the British Royal Navy
and a colonial administrator. Mutiny on the Bounty|A historic mutiny
occurred during his command of HMS Bounty|HMS ''Bounty''
in 1789; Bligh and his loyal men made a remarkable voyage to Timor
, , after being set adrift in the ''Bounty's'' Launch (boat)|launch
by the mutineers.
Fifteen years after the ''Bounty'' mutiny, he was appointed Governor of New South Wales
in Australia, with orders to clean up the corrupt rum
trade of the New South Wales Corps
. His actions directed against the trade resulted in the so-called Rum Rebellion
, during which Bligh was (again) placed under arrest and deposed from his command.